In the United States cycling is often perceived as a leisure activity for kids or a highly competitive sport, but things are much different abroad. Everyone rides bikes in cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam – and there’s nary a spandex singlet to be seen. Fortunately, innovative companies are working to bring cycling stateside in a big way – and newcomer Peace Bicycles just launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can pick up one of their beautiful Dutch-style cycles and they’ll donate part of every purchase towards buying a bike to someone in need. The company’s elegant bikes are comfortable, stylish, practical and affordable – and they come fully loaded with front and rear lights, fenders, a gold bell and more. Read on for a closer look.
It’s no secret that we love bikes here at Inhabitat – cycling is one of the world’s most efficient modes of transportation – plus it’s healthy and fun. However if bikes are really going to take off Stateside, two things need to happen: we need better cycling infrastructure everywhere, and bikes need to be approachable to everyone – not just kids and death-defying messengers with tree trunks for thighs.
That’s where Peace Bicycles‘s Dutch-style bikes come in. They’re comfortable, because you sit straight up on a cushy saddle – rather than hunched over the handlebars as on a road bike. They’re practical, because they’re outfitted with high-quality racks, lights, and seven gears – as opposed to stripped-down fixies with limited direct drivetrains. They’re stylish, because they’re beautifully sculpted, classically styled, and available in a wide range of colors. And they feature full fenders and chain guards, so you can ride one to work without getting your pant leg caught in the gears. Peace Bicycles also places a high emphasis on safety, and to lower the barriers of entry into bike commuting the cycles come fully loaded with front and rear lights, a gold bell, and reflective strips on the tires.
Best of all, Peace Bicycles “do good, give back” policy – so part of every purchase is donated towards buying a bike for someone in need. They just launched their Kickstarter today, so head on over to check out their first two models – the Dreamer Step Thru and the Dreamer Straight Bar.
Peace Bicycles says: “We found the Market either had easily breakable department store bikes or over $1000 boutique bikes to offer. We felt under-served! Sure we could get an inexpensive fixie in any color . . . but the same didn’t apply to [our] beloved Dutch-style city bikes.” Hopefully the increased availability of Dutch bikes will encourage all kinds of people to take to the streets in a sea change for cycling.
If you live in Los Angeles, make sure to check out Peace Bicycles’ Kickstarter Launch party on March 29th, where you can see their bikes in person. If you’d like to attend, click the link above or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.